February 10, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leader: Owen Clarkin
Meet: Trail entrance near intersection of Belcastle Court and Rivercrest Drive
( https://goo.gl/maps/JqJJFuA49HB2 ; 45.452806, -75.547278 )
This winter event will explore one of several rich, mature ravine forests in Orleans. This forest contains one of the most extensive stands of Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) in the city of Ottawa, and despite the current large size of the mature trees to be found in 2019, we will explore evidence that even larger trees were present in the original forest many decades ago. This introduction to the forest systems of Orleans may result in you wanting to return again to catch the spring and summer season! Due to sloping terrain and anticipated snow cover, this event will require endurance and some hiking dexterity on the part of attendees. Snowshoes are recommended. This is a snow or shine event: however, if the weather is extremely cold by February’s standards, or stormy, the event will be cancelled.